A recap of some of the articles that caught our eye this week as they relate to women, moms, families and working.
This Agency’s Office Literally Disappears After Hours So You Can’t Work Late: Forcing you to find a balance (AdWeek)
Um, the headline here says it all. The desks are hoisted into the ceiling. Wow.
Hillary Clinton: Society doesn’t value working moms (Chicago Tribune)
Per the article: “The absence of paid leave is a strong signal to women, and particularly mothers, that society and our economy don’t value being a mother,” the former U.S. secretary of state said. “The absence of quality, affordable childcare — and affordable and quality have to go together — is a very big factor in limiting and sometimes ending women’s participation in the workforce.” YES! Can we say, platform for a presidential campaign?
Google experiments with breaking the glass ceiling (VentureBeat)
Google’s using workshops to address unconscious bias in the workplace in an attempt to make its workforce more diverse. You’ll recall that several of the large tech companies released their diversity numbers earlier this year and are under pressure to hire more minorities and women, and increase diversity in the leadership ranks. As the NYT points out, there’s no evidence these workshops will work, but over half of the company’s employees have been through the program and, honestly, isn’t it good to see an action tool in the works?
Hiring a Working Mom – Myth vs. Reality (AOL Jobs)
Shannon McLay, an author, contributor to AOL Jobs, and a working mom, took a very illuminating conversation with a male friend — a hiring manager — about his reticence to hire working moms and why, and it turned it into a very powerful point / counter-point. I think many of our readers will find the objections raised by her friend all-too-familiar, and find confidence (and hope) in her smart responses.
A Stolen Video of My Daughter Went Viral. Here’s What I Learned (NYT Motherlode)
Carrie Goldman Segall — accomplished author of “Portrait of an Adoption” and “Bullied,” working mom of three, friend and Maybrooks featured mom — shared her alarming experience of watching a video of her 4-year-old be hijacked and shared broadly across the Internet AND on major television programs all as someone ELSE’S content. She offers good tips on what to do if this happens to you.